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Memories for Wednesday, February 2, 2022


February 2, 2022

10 years ago-


February 1, 2012

Quiet benefactor leaves $498,660 legacy to three Phillips County organizations

Three Phillips County organizations were handed checks for $166,220.45 each last week thanks to the generosity of former Malta resident Henry Mulfinger.

Receiving the checks were the Phillips County Hospital Association, Phillips County Historical Society Inc., and the Malta Lutheran Church.

Mustangs host tournament; head off to Divisional battle

The Malta Mustang wrestling squad heads off to Conrad Saturday for the Northern Divisional Tournament where the top four placers in each weight will get a ticket to the state tournament at the Metra in Billings Feb. 10-11.

Choteau (162.5) and Forsyth (159) staked their claims for a state title finishing first and second, respectively, last Saturday at the Malta Invitational.

Forsyth crowned four tournament champions; Choteau had one but had a slightly better supporting cast than Forsyth.

Malta (91.5) placed sixth as a team, led by sophomore Henry Ramirez who topped the field at 112 pounds; senior Joe Rappold placed second at 98 pounds as did junior Chris Doney at 130 pounds.

Graeme Giblette placed third at 140 pounds and Nolan Simanton placed fourth at 135 pounds.

A highlight of the local tournament was when Chinook senior Ben Stroh was recognized for recording his 100th consecutive pin of an opponent.

Stroh recorded four falls on his way to winning the 189-pound class.

Showing at the Villa

Girl With The Dragon Tattoo starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara


25 years ago-


January 29, 1997

Firemen save new Westside, old one’s gone

New facility should be open in 3 to 4 weeks

No employees will be laid off as a result of the fire which destroyed the current Westside Self-Service business in Malta and damaged what will be the new home of the business.

Owner Ezzie Ereaux said Tuesday that about a dozen employees who had worked at the facility until the fire which started Saturday about 12:30 p.m. will be put to work offering “full-service” to customers at the fuel pumps located at Ezzie’s Wholesale. The employees will also help with various other tasks in the cleanup and repairs that will follow.

Ereaux said the new structure which is located about eight feet north of the existing one sustained $50,000 to $75,000 worth of damage. Windows will have to be replaced along with new facia on the south front of the structure. A lot of repainting will have to be done along with a thorough cleaning.

Ereaux said he had planned to make the move to the new store within the next two weeks. Despite the fire, he hopes to have the new store, which will include a Subway outlet, open within three or four weeks.

Saco still unbeaten at 11-0

Saco maintained its unbeaten streak with a 75-44 home victory Friday against Opheim.

The Panthers opened with a wide lead at 24-7 after one quarter and greatly extended it in the second quarter with a 22-12 advantage.

Leading 46-19 at halftime, Saco outscored the Vikings 18-15 in the third and, leading 64-34 after three quarters, cleared the bench in the final quarter.

A slower-paced scoring fourth, 11-10 in Saco’s favor, finished the game with the 75-44 Panther victory.

“We pressured three solid quarters and did a pretty decent job,” Saco Coach David Costin said. “We caused a lot of turnovers with 20 and managed to keep them out of their rhythm.”

Showing at the Villa Theatre

Michael starring John Travolta


50 years ago-


February 10, 1972

Mail Truck Demolished

Not much remains of the mail truck, which was brand new just three months ago, as the result of an accident Monday night while the truck was making the run from Havre to Malta with the mail. The mail was not burned, however, and was loaded onto another truck and continued on its way. The box carrying the mail tore loose from the truck before the cab exploded and burned.

Joseph William Peigneux of the Regina community was driving the truck which is owned by LeRoy Rummel who has the mail contract.

Peigneux was headed toward Malta when the truck struck the south side of the bridge over People’s Creek 6.5 miles west of Dodson on Highway 2. The truck tore out three posts and the railing of the bridge and then ended up in the dry creek bed below the bridge.

Peigneux was not injured.

Girls State Delegates Selected

Malta High School delegates to the 1972 Girls State session were announced this week.

The two delegates are, Patty Benzinger, daughter of Mrs. Lula Benzinger, and Patti Sue Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Smith; the two alternates are Beth Salsbery, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Salsbery, and Wendy Emond, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harmil Emond.

All of the girls are juniors at Malta High School. To be selected, they must be on an eligible list scholastically, submit an application and essay on why they would like to attend Girls State, and then are voted on by faculty members and junior classmates.

Showing at the NEW Villa

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder


75 years ago-


February 6, 1947

Stagecoach Is Presented To City

Malta-Zortman Vehicle Given By Mrs. R.L. Campbell

Mayor Lochiel Edwards this week announced acceptance by the city council of the old Malta-Zortman stagecoach which for many years has adorned the yard of the R.L. Campbell residence. The presentation was made by Mrs. Emma Campbell in memory of her husband who served the county as sheriff for many years and was at one point, driver of the stage.

The vehicle is believed to have been brought here from Neihart about 43 years ago as one of several procured by the late Louis Goslin when he took over operation of the line. The line operated between Malta and Zortman and was established to provide mail, passenger, and gold bullion transportation service from the mining camp about the time when the Kid Curry gang was active in these parts. It continued in service until rural mail service was established from Dodson.

The late sheriff was a driver during the fall of 1905 and again, briefly, in 1908. Other drivers were “Dutch” Johnson, Everett Thompson, and Al Anderson. The trip was made out to the mountains one day and back to Malta the next, and the four-horse team was changed at the Hog Ranch station.

Tourney Pairings Are Announced At Glasgow

Wolf Point faces Opheim in the opener according to the schedule just announced for the District Class B Tournament to be held in Glasgow, February 20 to 22. The second game will match Nashua with Frazer, the third is Saco against Hinsdale, and the fourth game of the pairings will pit the Mustangs against Dodson.

A block of season reserve seats will be held open the rest of this week for Malta fans and anyone desiring a seat should call Paul Campbell, at the Glasgow Hotel, Glasgow, as soon as possible, according to Mr. Lesselyong.

Showing at the Palace

Spellbound starring Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck


100 Years Ago - 1922

- Koke’s big annual dog team race was on, with eight prizes offered for the winners. Top prize was for two out of three heats. Judges were John a. Tressler and Bill Schneider, and the starters were Herbert Kibler and P.H. Lambert.

- Saco was beating Malta at basketball. The story is unclear as to whether it was town competition or school, but the paper remarked that “slugging was the main diversion throughout the game.”

- A Kalispell man was here in an effort to interest local farmers in potato growing. Money was being made at it on the west slope, he said.

- Advertisement for the Moore Motor Company, local Ford dealers; A touring car could be had for $348, f.o.b. Detroit and a down payment of $140.65 clinched the deal. Sedans, as usual, were the deluxe jobs and these cost around $600, still f.o.b. Detroit.


118 Years Ago - 1904

- The Malta Ladies Aid had its annual election of officers and Mrs. James Opie became president. Mrs. B.W. Brockway was made vice president, Mrs. W.H. Martin, secretary and treasurer, and Mrs. Hill, assistant secretary.

- Sheriff Cosner and a formidable posse consisting of about 42 men were riding the Bug Muddy country in search of a character known as Outlaw Jones. Their purpose was to kill, capture, or make the country too hot for him and his associates. There was a $1,500 reward on Jones’ head plus $300 each for his gang. (You’ll have to wait until next week to see whether they caught him or not.)

- Malta’s businesspeople agreed to close their stores at 7 o’clock in the evening for the balance of the winter.


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